Why Uma Bharti feels she is ‘Mowgli’ of Indian politics: Minister makes interesting remarks about herself

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New Delhi | Published: January 31, 2018 10:32 AM

Union minister Uma Bharti explains why she is not unhappy over her removal from the Ministry of Ganga Rejuvenation and Water Resources. She also claimed herself to be the Mowgli in politics. Opening up on the Ayodhya case, she admitted her involvement.

Union Minister Uma Bharti opens up on Ganga Rejuvenation, Ayodhya case, Congress and othersUnion Minister Uma Bharti opens up on Ganga Rejuvenation, Ayodhya case, Congress and others

Union minister Uma Bharti, who was removed from the Ministry of Ganga Rejuvenation and Water Resources is not unhappy over he removal contrary to the media speculation earlier. In an exclusive interview to The Indian Express, Uma Bharti, who has now been assigned the portfolio of Sanitation and Drinking Water, said, ” I don’t mind the change because I am totally obsessed with the Ganga. What I wanted to do for the Ganga can be done in this department also. Why has it been changed? I cannot give you an answer — only the appropriate authority can give you the answer. But I am happy. Ganga was a reason for which I was little bit reluctant to fight elections because I wanted to work with a free spirit, for public awareness.”

Bharti also dismissed reports claiming she wanted to work as an MP rather than a minister saying, “What I said was that I was reluctant to fight elections because I wanted to work for awareness on the Ganga.” Calling herself ‘Mowgli’ in politics, she stated that politics isn’t her forte. “I love to watch Mowgli. He was good, lived in the forest and had raw intelligence. He was friendly with the environment, never considered anyone an enemy. But suddenly, he had to come to the human world. People around did not understand him… See, Mowgli has energy, naivety, innocence and was close to nature. He does not know the tricks of the trade —he is single-minded. There are so many similarities between Mowgli and me,” said Bharti.

Uma Bharti also came talked about the conspiracy charges against her, L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the Babri demolition case. The minister admitted she was involved in the Ayodhya case and has never felt guilty about it. “Things are in court. I am not making any comment on that. There were two fights on Ayodhya — one is if it is the birthplace of Lord Ram or not, which is now proven. The question remains on whose is the land. We have fought for the birthplace of Ram… If the court finds us wrong, we will accept it,” said Bharti, as per the report.

Opening up about violence over what people should see, eat and wear, Bharti said things would have been worse had Congress been in power. “You just look at what our government does. Do we protect them? Do we honour them? We take action against them.” She accused Congress of creating uproars just to get visible and said that the Congress must learn from the BJP. “The Opposition also has a role — the Congress has to learn this from us. Their role is not just to create issues but also in solving them. With its size going down, the Congress just wants to create an uproar to be visible. It has to understand it is responsible. The BJP was careful about its responsibilities even we were two.”

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